Over the years I have studied procrastination and its roots. For many of my clients, procrastination is an affliction that rivals the fear of public speaking. Getting started and following through on difficult, overwhelming and intimidating tasks no matter how much you may want to accomplish them can be tough. You need a powerful thought, a mind hack that immediately gets you in gear.
Thanks goes out to Tim Ferris who recommended the book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman. Of all the weird afterlife possibilities Eagleman suggests, there is one tale from the book that scares the livin’ daylights out of me. It makes me want to spring out of bed at an hour earlier, add another 20 pushups, learn to like wheat grass, and relentlessly tackle every task on my agenda. It’s this: If you procrastinate and ignore your potential greatness, imagine that “after you die you are forced to live out your afterlife with annoying versions of who you could have been.” Yikes!
I think there is a strong likelihood of this. I believe that we are born with a wide array of potential talents for the purpose of making the world a better place. It would make a lot of sense, on judgment day, to be compared to what you could have been minus laziness, lacking a plan, or harping on irrational fears. I submit that entrepreneurs like you, people who build something from just an idea, have been awarded a unique opportunity (and a responsibility perhaps!) to make a difference in the world. If we put off doing things that a higher power has given us the chance to do, it’s like casting aside a precious gift.
Whether this prediction is true or not, why not make it YOUR truth? Before bedtime and when you wake up every day, imagine your ideal self in all aspects of your life. How would you compare today’s performance with your potential performance? Without blame or shame, how can you get closer tomorrow? Therefore, if having to watch annoying versions of who you could have been is your fate, your best defense on Judgment Day will be: I Tried!
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